Category: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The Microbiome and Mental Illness: An Old Story that is Too Far From its Happy Ending

I just finished reading an article from 2018 on mental health and the microbiome that describes some of where we are now, knowledge-wise, and where we need to be before psychobiotics become a treatment norm.[i]  There were multiple pieces of information in it which…

Introducing Archaea: Another Important Member of Your Inner Ecosystem

It’s not often that I get to write about the more esoteric members of our gut biomes.  Our bacteria get the most hype in the scientific literature, but as you all know, there are many other kinds of residents of our inner ecosystems.  I…

Blastocystis: Harmless or Harmful? The Short Answer is…It Depends!

Here’s a topic I haven’t written about much: single-cell eukaryotes. A eukaryote is a living organism whose cells contain a nucleus (in which genetic material is contained) within a membrane.  Thus, in the world of living things, only bacteria and archaea (which is sort…

More on Autism and the Microbiome…and a Clinical Study Using Probiotics

My Monday afternoon was devoted to reading two articles about the microbiome and autism.  The first was a chapter from a book on biological markers found in psychiatric and neurodegenerative disease.[i]  I’ve chosen what I thought were the top 10 points from this article…

A Probiotic/Colostrum Pilot Study in Autism…Which Likely Has Clinical Implications in Other Inflammatory Illnesses

Yesterday, I read a cool little pilot study[i] out of the University of California, testing the tolerability and efficacy of a probiotic and bovine colostrum on a small group of children with autism.  And while the results on this population were interesting, as I’ll…

Senescence, Aging…and the Microbiome: Part 2

As I promised last Thursday, I’ll finish talking about the article[i] on aging, the microbiome,  and senescence today. A quick summary of my last post:  the evidence currently available points to a depletion of the microbiota as we age (from diet (for example, older…

More on Boosting Levels of Short-Chain Fatty Acids

While I’m on the subject of butyrate… An article[i] was published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics that caught my attention.  Researchers tested the efficacy of a probiotic (one I had never heard of) called, Symprove . One of the big issues often raised about…

Bovine Immunoglobulins…Who Knew?! (Or should that be, who moo?)

As you all know, I’m always on the lookout for natural products that can improve immunity and the health of the biome.  Today I devoted myself to reading about bovine IgG and was truly amazed at how much research has been done on it. …

Bacteriophages: A Clinical Study

There are a lot of great biome stories this week.  Tough choice, what to write about today!  There are two items that came out on top of the list so you get one today and one early next week. Today’s top story is about…

Dysbiosis, Fibromylagia (and Chronic Fatigue)…and Me

As many of you may know, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is thought to be  closely related to fibromyalgia… and as someone who suffers from the latter, any news on these two illnesses is near and dear to me. Inspired by the d-lactate findings I…